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    An instant impact for Harry! Great debut and I think he'll settle in nicely with a manager that knows how to attack!

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    Was reading this today at work I like letting myself get behind so I have lots to read ha!

    Really enjoying his recent exploits (or lack of due to that lousy German manager) in the Premier League..........Nigel Reo-Coker!

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    A week passed from Harry's Liverpool debut before he would be in action again.

    This gave him time to get to know the city, get to know his new teammates in training and also look for a new house for himself and his family. Every day after training he was out with an estate agent, viewing properties and shortlisting what he felt to be the best ones. By the Wednesday of that week, Elle had travelled up from London with baby Wayne and Harry showed them the one that he thought would be, the one.

    Elle also loved it and the five bedroom house in Caldy on The Wirral, with heated indoor pool, cinema room and 2 acres of land was theirs. For the cool fee of 2.35m!

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-...-47350260.html


    It was only half an hour or so from both Anfield and the training base at Melwood.
    He would have to cross the Mersey each time but he didn't mind that. He could now get organising on having all their stuff moved up from London.

    In the meantime though it was back to training and getting ready for his debut at Anfield.

    Wolverhampton Wanderers were coming to town but the opponents were irrelevant in this. This was a time for him to soak up the atmosphere of matchday at Anfield for the very first time as a home player. He had played there before of course but this would be the first time walking out in the famous red shirt, with the fans actually on his side. There were not many, if any, more famous grounds in English football and even though Harry was England captain, and one of the most recognisable faces in world football, he still got a tingle down his spine with things like that. The atmosphere in stadiums, the grandeur of them, the history, the passion from the fans.
    Anfield was right up there for all of these things.

    He stood in the tunnel at five to three on matchday and could hear the fans singing. He walked out with his teammates to a deafening roar from the crowd. They did the customary line up and the handshakes. Then off for final warm ups. He was tingling. He was buzzing to get started. Then to make it all the more spine tingling it started.

    "When you walk through a storm....."

    Harry found the footage posted on line after the game.


    What a feeling knowing that he would be hearing that every home game from now on.
    On this occasion, it did not inspire the team to victory but they did draw the game 1-1 which they would probably be a little unhappy about.
    But Harry was getting more used to playing with his new teammates and things would hopefully click into place soon.

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    Woah, look at that pad. Flash bastard!

    Not quite the dream home debut that Harry would have hoped for!

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    Most recognisable English player, national captain.

    Gotta have a house to match!!

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    Just as he was getting used to playing with his new Liverpool teammates, he got to have a little break from playing as Liverpool had already been knocked out of the FA Cup at the third round stage so they got a rest weekend whilst everyone still in it battled it out.

    And so, a full two weeks later, Harry made his next appearance in the famous Liverpool red. The game would be away against high flying Birmingham City who found themselves in 6th place.

    Bow started up front in an attacking looking 4-4-2 and set about making his mark for the club.
    But despite Harry himself having four of Liverpool's five shots on target in the match, he could not convert one of them into a goal and the game ended 0-0.

    There was another just 4 days after that until another away game. This time at Stamford Bridge. And Harry's first return to Chelsea since his speedy departure.

    As soon as the Birmingham game finished, he knew what was next in the calendar. He knew he would be returning to the side that he thought he was going to end his career with. To the side that he loved playing for but a side that he felt was being ruined by a certain manager, Michael Skibbe.
    Skibbe did not utilise his squad successfully.

    He had Harry and Benik Afobe and in the end Damien Diarra but was adamant he would only play one of them at a time. He had Richard Gardner who granted was a versatile player but was played in so many different positions it was unbelievable.

    But that was all in the past now. Harry had moved on to Liverpool and this was now just a chance to catch up with old faces that he had not had a chance to say goodbye to as he had left in such speedy circumstances.
    He had spoken to Gardner on the phone. He had received a couple of texts from Joel Matip and Afobe but everyone else he had had no contact with. There were others he wanted to catch up with. He was good friends with the head groundsman, some of the security guys and some of the people that sell programmes outside the ground. He wanted to see them as well. If for nothing else for closure on his time in West London.


    As he got off the coach at Stamford Bridge, he was worried about the kind of reception he would receive from the Chelsea fans. He loved them while he was there but he didn't know how they would feel about the fact that he had left and for another English side as well.

    He braced himself for a barrage of boos, but what he encountered was on the whole a decent reception. There was a few boos but the majority of the people that had turned out to welcome the teams to the ground were in support of Harry and what he had done for their club.

    That was only a small portion of fans though. The big test would be when he went out on the pitch during the warm up and then after that, when he had his first touch of the game. Then and only then would he know how the Chelsea fans really felt about him. There was a nervousness about him and he wanted it to be a good reception that he received. He just didn't want it to affect his game at all. He was there as a Liverpool player, a Liverpool employee and he had a job to do.

    3pm rolled around and he had managed to get away with the warm up without any boos at all. The game kicked off and he jogged forward to the forward positions, anxious about his first touch. His old friend and England colleague Richard Gardner would be his direct opponent and they exchanged cursory glances and a wry smile as they met on the edge of the area. Harry knew he would be in for a tough game against Gardner so really had to be on his game.

    It took him a while to get his first touch. Even before he got that first touch though, his nerves about how the fans would take to him was relaxed as the fans started chanting 'Thank You Harry. Thank You Harry'.
    As he looked to the stands, he was very happy to see it was the Chelsea fans that were singing.

    This settled him into the game but it did not turn him into a match winner. His forward partner Chris Thomas got Liverpool's goal but it was a brace from the man who turned out to be Harry's replacement at Chelsea, Damien Diarra who won the game.

    Harry would find himself spending the last half an hour sitting on the bench as Liverpool's keeper was sent off on 66 minutes for a professional foul which gave away a penalty from which Diarra scored the winner. Steve Graham, the Liverpool keeper was sent off and Harry was sacrificed to make way for the replacement keeper.


    Not how he wanted to end the day. Not how he wanted to start his Liverpool career. They had not won a game since his debut and the fear that he had, that he would come in and derail Liverpool's Championship challenge, was seemingly coming true.

    All these things were in his head for the whole time he was away from the club on international duty.
    He put it out of his head long enough to grab his 40th international goal in a 2-0 away friendly win against Denmark.


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    Chelsea fans giving him the correct service, as they have done to countless legends like Zola during his West Ham days.

    Glad... I mean sad to see he hasn't push for Liverpool yet

    Early days yet, but showing his feet still on the England stage

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    Flipping 'eck. Bet the Liverpool GK got a few angry scowls after the game after bringing Harry's comeback to a premature end

    40 England goals though, nice

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    Harry came back pumped after reaching the 40 goal mark for his country. He was determined to bring some form to his Liverpool opening and get himself back on the scoresheet on a regular basis.
    This started with a goal in the 2-0 win over Wycombe but then another blow was dealt as he picked up a groin strain in training that saw him miss two weeks of action.

    He missed two games and came back early. He wasn't 100% fit but he was anxious to get back into the side. Ian Holloway welcomed him back by giving him the captain's armband. He celebrated by grabbing the inner in a 1-0 win over Forest. It was a risk to come back early as he could very easily have broken down again and suffered an even longer setback but it seemed he had got away with it. And by grabbing a goal as well, he had repaid his manager in having faith in what he was telling him when he stated he was fit enough to start.

    There were just three games remaining in the season and Harry was eager to play in all of them. He was keen to have as much influence as he could and they were still in the title hunt. It had been a long time since Harry had been in a position where he had a chance to be winning a league. It was something that was missing from his CV. He had never won one. Despite playing for Juventus, Real Madrid and Chelsea, teams that you would expect to be winning leagues, he had never got his hands on a league trophy. This might be the last real chance he got at doing so and he would be trying his hardest to do so.

    It would be a tough ask to win it though. Although Liverpool currently sat 2nd. They were two points behind the leaders Arsenal but Arsenal also had a game in hand. With just nine points to play with, it was going to be hard to hold on to second, let alone overhaul the London team. Some bookies were already paying out on Arsenal winning they were so confident that they had it sewn up.


    The first of the three massive games would see them hosting Fulham. They were doing very well for themselves in 9th and were looking to move on up ito the European places. It was not like they had nothing to play for.
    It would be a keenly contested match.

    Liverpool were quickly out of the blocks and put their home advantage and Anfield roar to good use as Anthony Gibson broke down the right before beating the full back and crossing for Robert Fitzgerald to head home.
    1-0 and in the ascendancy straight away. Liverpool were solid and they were never going to let that lead slip. They added to it on the haf hour as again Gibson beat his man to cross. This time the ball was headed out but it landed to Bow who flashed the ball back and goal and past the keeper. Ramon Azeez adde a third before Fulham managed to get a consolation goal.

    There was a loud roar two minutes from time as well. Probably a louder roar than for any of the Liverpool goals. This one though was when news filtered through that Doncaster Rovers had scored. Not as insignificant as you may think as they had taken the lead against none other than Arsenal. They held onto their slender lead and that meant, at the end of the days play, that Liverpool now sat at the top of the Premier League. The players and staff would not celebrate too much though as they soon found out that Man City had also won to keep pace with them and of course Arsenal still had their game in hand.

    Liverpool's next assignment? Arsenal away.

    Arsenal's loss to Doncaster was their first in an inceredible 31 games. They weren't the highest scorers only bagging 47 compared to Liverpool's 61 but they had an incredibly mean defence. They had conceded just 12 goals in their 35 games of the season to date. An incredible record and something that Liverpool would have to combat if they were going to succeed and stay on top of the table. A draw may be OK but they really needed to win the match if they were going to have any chance of staying top. They still had that game in hand although that was away against Harry's old team Chelsea. He could only hope that his former teammates could do him a favour when that game came around.

    By the time the game came around, Manchester City had played their game in hand and had surprisingly fallen short and lost 2-1 against Birmingham which meant that the table looked a little better in Liverpool's favour in terms of finishing either first or second. But there were still just three points seperating the top three and quite literally, anything could happen in the final 14 days of the season.

    Liverpool could not be distracted from the task at hand though. All of their focus had to go to the Arsenal game.
    It was truly going to be a Super Sunday as Man City were also playing on the same day at home to lowly Brentford so by that evening, everyone would have a clealrer idea on what the table would look like and possibly where the title would be heading.

    Harry was again paired with Robert Fitzgerald in a partnership that was already bearing fruit. Harry's fear that he would be a hindrance to his team after coming in so late in the season was a distant after thought now and he and the Irishman were clearly enjoying playing together.

    This would be a tough test though. They would have to take any chance that came their way because it was almost guaranteed that they wouldn't get many. On the other hand, Liverpool's defence, which could be leaky at times would have to be on the very top of it's game if the Merside team were going to get anything from the game.


    The game was tight. From the first whistle to the last.
    There were not many chances. Liverpool had just two shots on target. Fitzgerald had a weak shot easily saved and Christophe Clement had a curling effort tipped round the post. Arsenal had twice as many on target but were unable to break the deadlock either as Steve Graham produced a man of the match display to make up for his sending off a few games back.

    0-0 not the best result for Liverpool but it kept them in the hunt. They were though now relying on others to keep them in it until the last game.

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    Hard to predict which way this will go... C'mon you Bow!!!

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    Wow, you wouldn't think Harry has never won a league title

    Fingers crossed that this is their year.

    George Graham must be in charge again at Arsenal

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